Power Up PowerPoint (Presentation Skills) v2

Power Up PowerPoint (Presentation Skills)

# of Lessons




Skill Level





Kelly Vandever

Available Captions

English, Spanish

Also Included

Handout, Knowledge Check, High-quality HD content in the “Uniquely Engaging™” Bigger Brains Teacher-Learner style! 

Giving a presentation? If you want to avoid boring your audience to tears, this course is a must


Most presentations are filled with bullet point lists, thick paragraphs of text, and the occasional picture in a desperate attempt to break up the monotony. You can do better than that! This course shows you ways to turn standard content into something that’s actually interesting to your audience. Knowing how to create a PowerPoint slide is one thing. Knowing how to create an effective slide is something different!


As Roger Courville, author of The Virtual Presenters, says – PowerPoint doesn’t teach you to create effective slides any more than Microsoft Word teaches you how to be a good writer. But this course will! During Power Up PowerPoint, you’ll see and experience how creating effective slides will improve your presentations.


Topics covered include:

  • Learning how default settings hurt the effectiveness of your slides
  • Learning the step-by-step process for creating effective slides
  • Revising existing slides to be more effective
  • Increasing audience retention through design of your slides
  • Finding free and low-cost photographs for presentations
  • Learning the Rule of Thirds and other practical techniques to make slides look their best
  • Knowing when animations and transitions can benefit your presentation, and when they distract
  • Including interactive polls and games in your presentation


Almost anyone can piece together a PowerPoint presentation. This course offers a great way to learn how to “amp up” your presentations and deliver your message with the power and authority required to communicate effectively. Taught by presentation skills guru, Kelly Vandever, and TEDx speaker Dr Rebecca Heiss, Power Up PowerPoint will show you that you don’t have to be a graphic designer to create beautiful, effective slides. Learn how to ditch the default settings and Power Up Your PowerPoint!


Almost 3 hours of high-quality HD content in the “Uniquely Engaging”TM Bigger Brains Teacher-Learner style!


Reference documents included in the handout file:

  • List of Websites for Royalty Free Photos.docx
  • PowerPoint Fonts in Mac and Windows 2007 & 2010.pdf
  • Rule of Thirds Grid

Course Contents:

# Lesson Length
1 Why Power Up PowerPoint? 5:07
2 Logical Reasons 4:41
3 Design Ideas 10:19
4 The Process 6:39
5 Legalese 4:59
6 Image Quality 5:31
7 Finding Images: Add-Ins 7:34
8 Finding Images: Paid Sites 10:49
9 Finding Images: Free Sites 8:49
10 Rule of Thirds: Single Image 7:32
11 Rule of Thirds: Fill Slide 6:49
12 Image and Slide Backgrounds 3:32
13 Draw the Eye 3:52
14 Font Selection 4:20
15 Font Sized and Emphasis 3:52
16 Bullet Points 3:24
17 Charts, Graph, and Statistics 7:56
18 Tables 6:39
19 Corporate Templates 2:04
20 Convincing Your Boss 2:24
21 Animations and Transitions 1:56
22 Audience Interaction with Polls 11:04
23 Using PowerPoint Games 9:30
24 Adding Video 6:14
25 GIFs and Other Tips 9:27
26 Video Recording with PowerPoint 9:26

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